BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 13, 2015
In Connecticut, 17 year-old Cassandra is refusing a potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatment for a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Her mother, Jackie Fortin, sides with her decision; stating, “My daughter is old enough, mature enough to make a decision... This is not about death. This is about ‘This is my body, my choice, and let me decide.’”
But the state of Connecticut has made a unanimous ruling that Cassandra is required to continue treatment. Read More
BY Brittany Houlihan
on Sep 19, 2012
Can women tolerate more pain than men?
Though Mythbusters has already weighed in on the side of lady endurance, one brave doctor has decided to take the experiment even further. After all, says Dr. Andrew Rochford, “there’s not one man in the world who's been through the most painful experience of them all: childbirth."
Guided by an obstetrician, Dr. Rochford decided to personally undergo simulated labor pains through low-voltage electrodes attached to his abdomen. Read More
BY Intern Sarah
on Dec 22, 2011
I learned three things recently, and all from reading one article:
1) It is possible to swallow an entire pen, by accident, without causing yourself serious harm.
2) Pens sometimes do not show up on x-rays (despite the fact that they are PENS).
3) A pen that has been hanging out in your stomach for 25 years is still capable of writing.
It’s gross, it’s weird, and it’s 100 percent true. A woman in Britain accidentally (accidentally!) swallowed a pen while doing a little medical self-diagnosis on her tonsils. Read More
BY Katie Oldaker
on Feb 03, 2010
It’s a terrifying thought: being put under anesthesia and, while you are under, having unwanted or unnecessary procedures performed on you. But according to an article in Canada’s the Globe and Mail, it’s exactly what’s happening in many Canadian teaching hospitals—medical students are being instructed to perform gynecological exams on unconscious women. In the US and the UK, written consent is required, but in Canada, according to the article, “guidelines state that pelvic examination by trainees is ‘implicit. Read More